Friday, July 30, 2010

Matthew Dear


Matthew Dear - You Put A Smell On Me
Matthew Dear - I Can't Feel
Matthew Dear - Slowdance

Lots can be said about a dude who is now releasing his 4th proper album, especially with as much acclaim as Dear has garnered. The freedom that comes with that success, as well as the need to continue to push boundaries, is exemplified in his newest release, Black City. This album is not one of my favorites by the Ghostly International co-conspirator but it does contain a few jams that have already seeped into the LJ playlists.

Black City will be released on August 17th, via Ghostly International

Monday, July 26, 2010

Liquid Jesus MixTape 01:01


LIQUID JESUS - MixTape 01:01

Colonic's kinda been on his own lately, holding it down while the rest of us have been a tad bit preoccupied... but Delach did find the time to toss together a quick Liquid Jesus MixTape, simply because we haven't actually done one yet. Some of the more discerning LJ enthusiasts might recognize fairly identical bits and pieces from parts of last week's PLAYLIST, but rest assured - that was pretty much done on purpose, ok? Full tracklist and more is available after the jump. Enjoy.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Young Man


Young Man - Just A Growin'

"As killer as he is at capturing the very essence of everything from Animal Collective to Ariel Pink, Colin Caulfield’s true talent is in telling his own Young Man stories. The first chapter of which goes by the name Boy, a deceivingly-simple suite of songs about wanting to grow up without having the slightest idea of what ‘being a man’ actually means." Sound familiar?

Boy will be released on August 31st (digital), and October 12th (physical), via Frenchkiss

Friday, July 23, 2010

Francis and The Lights


Francis and The Lights - For Days
Francis and The Lights - Tap The Phone
Francis and The Lights - It'll Be Better

It's taken a few listens but Francis and The Lights' debut album has grown on me over the last two months since its release. Somewhere 'tween Sting, Prince, and Peter Gabriel is where this album finds its roots and appeal. F&TL has been on tour with Drake, and recently are playing in support of MGMT, so they're def gaining some indie cred... if that shit even exists anymore.

It'll Be Better is available via Cantora Records

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Active Child


Active Child - I'm In Your Church At Night
Active Child - When Your Love Is Safe

Over the past few months, Active Child has been receiving heaps of praise for the very-recently-released Curtis Lane EP, and has quickly started amassing quite the solid repertoire of hipsterific credentials that would make far more established acts drool all over themselves with envy... And for good reason, too, as the alluring combination of sweeping beats and synths, and hauntingly beautiful vocals make for an absolutely gorgeous and surprisingly epic release.

The Curtis Lane EP is available via Active Child, courtesy of Filter Recordings

Friday, July 16, 2010

Women


Women - Heat Distraction
Women - China Steps

For the uninitiated, this is dense, multi-layered, experimental pop that hinges on healthy doses of reverb/noise combos and an unconventional approach to song structure... but I've gotta admit - this description falls kinda flat considering the indescribable/genre-less style of music that Women tends to create. Here's the deal: it's tough to say whether Public Strain will top any civilian-style 'best of' lists (hint: probably not) anytime soon, but for true lo-fi aficionados and other thrill-seeking musical connoisseurs, listening to this one is gonna be a pretty enjoyable sonic adventure to undertake.

Public Strain will be released on September 28th, courtesy of Jagjaguwar

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Double Dagger


Double Dagger - No Allies
Double Dagger - We Are The Ones
Double Dagger - Pillow Talk *

One of the many running jokes among the extended Liquid Jesus family is that we only listen to the songs that we can drink to. The (rather predictable) punchline, of course, is that we're professionals, ok? and we can pretty much drink to anything, so every song is a drinking song. Now, whether you agree with us or not, we're fairly confident that no one's gonna have trouble getting in the mood to toss back a few while listening to Double Dagger and their explosively loud and stripped-down, visceral sound.

* While these first two Double Dagger tracks are off of last year's full-length, entitled More, this lil' tune belongs to the fairly brand-newish EP, called Masks, but don't get us wrong - both releases are entirely awesome.

Both More and Masks are available courtesy of Thrill Jockey

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse


Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Revenge (ft. The Flaming Lips)
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl (ft. Julian Casablancas)

Well, it's about time. Dark Night of the Soul finally got itself a proper release after spending a whole long year or so in legal limbo, and we couldn't possibly be more excited about it... And unless you've been, like, in a coma or something, then you probably already know exactly what this Danger Mouse/Linkous/Lynch-driven high-end collab/project entails. Chances are, you've been just fine, so we're fairly sure you've been anticipating this release just as much as we have.

Highly, highly recommended, as if you couldn't already tell.

Dark Night of the Soul is finally available, and we're pretty excited about it.
Get it HERE

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band


Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Hurrah
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Leaving Trails
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - The Roof

While the angularness of Modest Mouse or the lush softness of a band I never really gave a chance, Pink Floyd, can be heard in the crevices of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band's second release, Where The Messengers Meet, something about this album is conjuring up the sense that it is a real ALBUM. It's a pretty lofty accomplishment considering MSHVB recorded this album after playing together for less than two years, and include amongst their membership a drummer who is only 15 years old.

Where The Messengers Meet will be released on August 3rd, courtesy of Dead Oceans

Friday, July 9, 2010

Best Coast


Best Coast - Boyfriend
Best Coast - Crazy For You

One of our favorite Liquid Jesus partners-in-crime and, well... RIG's wife, Ms. Mollie Gondi (of International Sandwich fame, among other things) is pretty goddamn sweet on Best Coast and their sugary brand of twangy, ambling surf-pop that's quickly become a hipster fave - and for good reason... We can't think of a better way to slip into this sticky summer heat than with this quick bundle of lo-fi, sun-kissed goodness - served up with an ice-cold adult beverage, of course - and we're pretty sure Mollie will agree.

Crazy For You will be released on July 27th, courtesy of Mexican Summer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

School of Seven Bells


School of Seven Bells - Windstorm
School of Seven Bells - Heart is Strange

As if you didn't already know, Disconnect From Desire is the highly anticipated second full-length from School of Seven Bells, and it features the same array of gorgeous digital arrangements of swirling electronic beats and lush, hypnotic vocal harmonies that you've probably come to expect from this trio of musicians. Not surprisingly, the bulk of this disc is made up of dizzyingly diverse compositions that are absolutely steeped in mysterious atmospherics... which of course begs the question: Does SVIIB transcend the restrictions of traditional musical genres with this new album, as a few of the early write-ups/reviews tend to imply? The Liquid Jesus short answer to this question would have to be... perhaps.

Disconnect From Desire will be released on August 13th, via Ghostly Int./Vagrant

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fol Chen


Fol Chen - In Ruins
Fol Chen - They Came To Me

Man, this is a goddamn quirky-as-all-get-out, but ultimately ├╝ber-catchy and super-dooper endearing little disc. It pains me a bit to admit that I completely missed out on Fol Chen's previous release, Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made*, but with the release of this sequel album, appropriately dubbed Part II: The New December, I'm making up for lost time with these addictive and innovative new tracks that are quite rightfully bouncing around on the insides of my skull.

*This one's got a mysterious, seemingly Nabokov-inspired theme (or at the very least, an odd passing reference) that immediately piqued my dorky, lit. major interests. Go figure.

Part II: The New December will be released on July 6th, via Asthmatic Kitty
The In Ruins EP is available as a FREE download, courtesy of Fol Chen.
Click HERE to get it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Depth Affect


Depth Affect - Hero Crisis
Depth Affect - Street Level (ft. Giovanni Marks aka Subtitle)
Depth Affect - Cotton Candy

Parisian producer collab Depth Affect birthed Hero Crisis a couple of years ago, so by no means are we breaking any new ground with this particular Liquid Jesus endorsement... Still, even in this era of breakneck-speed musical taste/trend turnaround, it continues to draw us back in with its atmospheric and multi-layered mechanics that culminate into a weird, jumbled mix of gorgeous electronic bits and hip hop pieces... and that's good enough reason for us to give this one another go-around, all official-like this time.

Hero Crisis is available courtesy of Autres Directions In Music

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big Boi


Big Boi - General Patton
Big Boi - Daddy Fat Sax
Big Boi - Tangerine (ft. T.I. and Khujo Goodie)

This one's been a long time in the making, and damn if we aren't hyped on the real "King of the South's" debut solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty. While a large portion of the album has that zoned-out blunt haze that we absolutely love, there are some certified head-smashers on this potential album of the year.

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty will be released on July 6th, courtesy of Def Jam